Why Couples Should Smoke Weed Together!
It's widely believed that people who smoke pot are peaceful and not violent. Now, a new study is showing that couples that smoke together have less domestic violence incidents! Join Laci as she discusses why this might be.
The non-violent, pot-smoking hippie stereotype might be more than just a stereotype: In the first of its kind study recently published in the journal, "Psychology of Addictive Behaviors", researchers in the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions and Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) interviewed 638 married heterosexual couples during the first nine years of their marriage. The two data points in particular from their study that showed an interesting relationship was that couples that smoked pot more showed lower instances of domestic violence.
The study was funded in part by the National Institute for Drug Abuse, an institution well-known for it's strong position against recreational marijuana use. More precisely, the study found that the couples who identified as smoking pot the most frequently within the group (at least several times a month) predicted less frequent "intimate partner violence" (IPV) perpetration by husbands.
Although proponents of marijuana might want to say this shows that pot usage makes you more peaceful, researchers point to several reasons why this pattern might exist: Couples that smoke together are more likely to share core values and social circles. The study speculates on another possibility: "It is possible, for example, that -- similar to a drinking partnership -- couples who use marijuana together may share similar values and social circles, and it is this similarity that is responsible for reducing the likelihood of conflict."
As support for marijuana legalization continues to grow in the U.S., this study might be the catalyst for more research on the drug's long term effects on people. Have you ever smoked pot with someone you were dating, and if so, did you find that it brought you closer together? Please share you experiences in the comments section below!
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